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Audio Slide Show: The City and the Sea

April 06, 2014

Summary: Two years after Hurricane Sandy battered its coast, New York City residents are back on their feet and thinking hard about an urban future in a changing climate. Head to the beachy backwaters of America’s largest city with journalist Meera Subramanian as she tells the surprising stories of how sand dunes, wetlands, and oyster beds are bringing storm and flood resilience back to a forgotten landscape. This slide show is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure series.

Photographs and renderings courtesy of Josh Raab, Kate Orff and SCAPE PLLC, and Local Office Landscape Architecture. Click through to read Meera Subramanian’s article “The City and the Sea,” from the March/April 2014 issue.

Eva Saulitis Reads “Wild Darkness”

March 05, 2014

Summary: Author Eva Saulitis reads her March/April essay, “Wild Darkness,” a moving reflection on nature, death, and wildness.

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Live Event: Happiness for All

February 26, 2014

Summary: Author Gretchen Legler recently visited Bhutan and reported on the country’s efforts toward Gross National Happiness, an alternative means of measuring economic progress (her essay, "The Happiness Index," appears in the January/February 2014 issue of Orion). Legler was joined in a discussion of people-oriented economic development by author, filmmaker, and Right Livelihood Award winner Helena Norberg-Hodge, and by popular author and philosopher Charles Eisenstein.

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Orion Editors Out Loud: January/February 2014

January 21, 2014

Summary: Editors Jennifer Sahn and Andrew Blechman discuss the contents of the January/February 2014 issue of the magazine, including an interview with British journalist George Monbiot about the importance of rewilding; an essay by Gretchen Legler about Bhutan’s experiment with Gross National Happiness as an alternative metric of a nation’s economic progress; Craig Childs's imaginary walk across the Martian landscape; new fiction from Luis Alberto Urrea; and more.

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Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil Read “Letters from Two Gardens”

January 21, 2014

Summary: Poets Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read from their poetry correspondence, "Letters from Two Gardens," tracing the shape of a year as experienced through each of their gardens.

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Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil Discuss Gardens and Collaborative Poetry

January 21, 2014

Summary: Poetry editor Hannah Fries talks with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay about the experience of writing their collaborative poem series in the January/February issue, "Letters from Two Gardens"—and about how writing the poems changed the way they think about and work in their gardens.

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Audio Slide Show: Greening Greensburg

January 21, 2014


Listen to Orion’s Concrete Progress columnist, Peter Brewitt, share the stories behind images of Greensburg, Kansas, the town that radically reimagined itself following a catastrophic 2007 tornado. This slide show is part of Orion’s two-year Reimagining Infrastructure project.

Photographs by Emmanuel Dunand and Greensburg GreenTown. Read “Greening Greensburg,” from the January/February 2014 issue.

Live Event: Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit on Nature Writing

January 02, 2014

Summary: The human relationship to nature and place is dynamic, and so is the writing that grows out of that fundamental connection. Two celebrated authors joined Orion's Editor Jennifer Sahn for a wide-ranging discussion of how the genre of nature writing is evolving.

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Live Event: What’s Next for the Sustainable Food Movement?

November 26, 2013

Summary: The local food movement has grown by leaps and bounds, but needs new infrastructure to reach its true potential. In the November/December 2013 edition of Orion, award-winning food writer Rowan Jacobsen reported on one exciting solution to the challenge—food hubs (see "From Farm to Table"). He was joined by a panel of food-sector leaders for a wide ranging discussion about moving the local food movement beyond farmer's markets.

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Live Event: Crowded Planet

November 01, 2013

Summary: Over the past one hundred years, we humans have grown in population at a rate rarely seen outside of a petri dish. Best-selling author Alan Weisman, who was interviewed in the September/October 2013 issue ("Crowded Planet") about his new book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, was joined by an expert panel to discuss human population issues and answer listener questions.

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